British Food Standard Agency Finishes Blockchain Pilot for Food Supply Chain

British Food Standard Agency Finishes Blockchain Pilot for Food Supply Chain

The UK Food Standard Agency has completed a pilot using blockchain technology in the food sector to allow accordance and transparency in the food supply chain.

According to an announcement published on the 2nd of July, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the United Kingdom has successfully completed an experiment using the blockchain technology. This was the first time that blockchain has been used as an instrument of regulation to ensure compliance in the food industry.

The experimentation was carried out in a slaughterhouse, where both the FSA and the slaughterhouse itself were given access to the data to improve the transparency in the food distribution chain. The agency now plans to launch another project, which will allow farmers to have access to the data of the animals of their farm. Sian Thomas, head of the press office, said:

“Our approach has been to develop data standards with industry that will make theory reality and I'm delighted that we've been able to show that blockchain does indeed work in this part of the food industry. I think there are great opportunities now for industry and government to work together to expand and develop this approach.” 

In the future, the FSA will try to replicate the experiment in other plants. According to the agency, it must be an industry-led initiative to ensure that the blockchain technology is implemented permanently, because the current system is only used to obtain and communicate the results of the inspections.

The blockchain continues to gain momentum in the field of distribution chains, easing the inventory management and improving efficiency. Recently, a group of companies including Walmart, Nestle, Dole Food Co., Driscoll's Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., and Unilever NV have partnered with IBM to use this technology, blockchain, to trace food along their chain of global distribution.

Last month, Microsoft partnered with supply tracking solutions provider Ardents to develop a new platform for product tracking using the technology of blockchain and the artificial intelligence. The system would be able to provide traceability, end-to-end visibility over the entire chain of distribution, allowing users to track individual products inside a container.


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